Ariane Sadjed


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MA in Psychology and Anthropology, University of Vienna. 2011 Dr.phil. at the Department of Cultural Studies at Humboldt University Berlin. Research stays at University of Washington (Seattle) and Käte Hamburger Kolleg (Duisburg, Germany). Since 2018 PI of research projects on Jewish history in Iran and Muslim and Jewish minorities in Austria. From 2015 to 2019 lecturer at the institutes for European Ethnology and Oriental Studies at University of Vienna. Since 2018 research fellow at the Austrian Academy of Sciences (ÖAW).

Areas of Specialization

Modern history of Iran, Historical Anthropology, Jewish history in Iran, Afghanistan and Central Asia, religious identity and conversion, religious minorities and trade networks (19-20 cent.), migration and biographic research methods. 

Current Project

Antisemitic discourses in online media and their reception among Jews in Austria



(ed. with David Carment) Diaspora as Cultures of  Cooperation. Global and Local Perspectives. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan 2017. 

(ed. with Brigitte Kukovetz and Annette Sprung) (K)ein Hindernis? Strategien von Fachkräften mit Migrationsgeschichte in der Erwachsenenbildung. Wien: Löcker 2014. 

Shopping for Freedom in der Islamischen Republik. Widerstand und Konformismus im Konsumverhalten der iranischen Mittelschicht. (Shopping for Freedom in the Islamic Republic. Resistance and Conformity in the Consumption Behavior of the Iranian Middle Class), Bielefeld: transcript 2012.

Book chapters (5)

Book chapters (5)

“Connecting ‘Liminal’ Spaces: Jewish Trade Networks in 19th and early 20th century Khorasan”. Research in the Social Scientific Study of Religion, Volume 33: New Vistas in the Study of Religious and Non-religious Belief, edited bySariya Cheruvallil-Contractor and Ralph W. Hood Jr. Leiden: Brill 2023.

“Anthropology of Islam” in: Humanities in Iran, edited by Majid Daneshgar, Mohsen Feyzbakhsh, Sajjad Rizvi and Sajjad Azar Mirzaei. Cambridge: Harvard University Press (ILEX Series) (forthcoming).

“Do Rebels Pray at Home? Religious Dissent in Iran”, in: Negotiating the Religious in Everyday Life in Muslim Contexts, edited by Roman Loimeyer. Göttingen Universitätsverlag 2021.

„The Influence of Islamophobia on Religious and Ethnic Identification Among the Iranian Diaspora in Germany“, in: Diaspora as Cultures of Cooperation, edited by David Carment and Ariane Sadjed. Basingstoke:Palgrave MacMillan 2016.

“Islam und (Ir-)Rationalitäten westlicher Governance”, in: Religion und Politik. Analysen, Kontroversen, Fragen, edited by Doron Kiesel and Ronald Lutz. Frankfurt/New York: Campus 2015.

Journal articles (7)

Journal articles (7)

Introduction: Narratives of Being Jewish in the Persianate World.Journal of Modern Jewish Studies (Special Issue, Guest editor Ariane Sadjed), 2022a.

Belonging from Afar: Diasporic Religiosity among the Jews of Mashhad. Ethnic and Racial Studies 45 (11): 2202-2222. 2022b.

(Re-)Covering a mutual language: Persianate Muslims and Jews in Austria”, Special Issue of the Annual Review of the Sociology of Religion 2024 (Vol. 15): Change and Its Discontents: Religious Organizations and Religious Life in Central and Eastern Europe, edited by Olga Breskaya and Siniša Zrinščak (forthcoming).

Conversion, Identity, and Memory in Iranian-Jewish Historiography: The Jews of Mashhad. International Journal of Middle East Studies Volume 53 (2), May 2021: 235 - 251. 2021

Consumer Culture and the Design of a Modern Self in Iran: The Cultivation of Mind and Body in Iranian Lifestyle Magazines. Review of Social Studies (RoSS) 3 (1). 2016

(mit Annette Sprung und Brigitte Kukovetz) The use of migration-related competencies in continuing education. Individual strategies, social and institutional conditions, in: Studies in Continuing Education 37 (3) 2015.

Fallstricke der Säkularisierung, in: Aus Politik und Zeitgeschichte 24, Bonn 2013.